Owners of Spanish holiday accommodation will be pleased to hear that a massive 57.6 million foreign tourists holidayed in Spain between January and November in 2013.
According to the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, these are the highest numbers yet, with the Canary Islands and Catalonia proving particularly popular.
As we reported last year, tourist spending in Spain was already up by 13.7% by March 2013. The Ministry now reports a marked increase in visits from Russian and Nordic tourists, but British, German and French visitors still lead the way when it comes to booking sun-baked holidays in Spain.
The rise in international visitors is being attributed to several factors. Many travellers seem to have chosen the safety of a Spanish break over more unstable sunny destinations, such as Egypt. And hoteliers and holiday home owners have also implemented reductions in their accommodation prices, which, alongside Spain’s fantastic weather and many other charms, have pulled in more business.
Spain’s not the only market on the up, either. Tourism Review reported a 55% rise in European visitors to Italy over the Christmas period and Travel Weekly reported a bumper 2013 summer for UK tourism. You can read more about Spain’s tourism growth on Euro Weekly News.
Did you notice an increase in visitors from any particular countries in 2013? And how are bookings going for 2014 so far? Tell us in a comment below and don’t forget to add your Home ID!
Good news for owners whose property is near a theatre: new statistics reveal that experiencing the glitz and glamour of a musical or a play is one of the most popular activities for overseas tourists to the UK.
According to VisitBritain, 24% of overseas holiday visitors who stay in London go to the theatre during their break – meaning that over 2 million international tourists have enjoyed a show in the capital over the last year. Musicals, such as Wicked and The Lion King, are proving particularly popular.
And it’s not just London’s theatres that are welcoming overseas tourists – 14% of all international holiday trips to the UK include a trip to see a show, with the West Midlands and North West regions of the UK performing especially strongly.
Help your guests enjoy a trip to the theatre
Making it as easy as possible for your guests to enjoy a trip to the theatre could be a great way of showing you’ve gone the extra mile, leading to positive reviews for your holiday home. Here are some of our ideas, but if you’ve got any of your own we’d love to hear them!
- If your property is close to a well-known theatre, mention it in your home description on your ad.
- Include a copy of the local theatre’s listings in your welcome pack. If your property is within easy access of London, include a guide for the capital’s theatres as well.
- Some of the most popular shows and musicals sell out in advance, particularly in London. You could provide details of where guests can find last minute tickets or even let them know about upcoming shows before they arrive so they can buy their tickets before they sell out.
- There are often discounts available for theatre tickets – National Rail offers 2 for 1 theatre tickets when travelling into the capital by train, for example. Find out if there are any discounts relevant for the theatres near you and mention them in your welcome pack.
- Many restaurants offer discounted ‘pre-show’ set menus. Let your guests know about any good restaurants offering deals like this in your area.
Published: 8 November 2013